Piaffe Performance continues to reward accomplished adult amateur riders at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. During the show series’ Palm Beach Dressage Derby this past week, Susan Jones of Walton, Kentucky became the most recent recipient of the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award.
Susan Jones accepted the award after after her performance in the Prix St. Georges with Reliance, a 13-year-old Classiker mare imported from Germany.
Reliance was sired by Rhodimont and out of Gesstine. Jones bought the horse from Kathy Priest around seven years ago, and the two have climbed the ranks together. Most notably, they won the GAIG/USDF Region 2 Championships, competeing amongst 33 other horses at First Level in 2011.
Friday marked their first Prix St. Georges test at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. After the test, Jones stated, “We’re just going to continue getting better. I’m going to be here the rest of the weekend trying to perfect our test.”
And they did. The pair improved by almost two entire percentage points when they captured the blue ribbon for the week’s Sunday FEI Prix St. George Adult Amateur class.
Jones also competed throughout the weekend with her other horses Connaisseur and Lindor’s Finest.
In her professional life, Jones is a successful CEO, President, and Founder of Seed Strategy, a consulting firm that works with Fortune 500 companies and other recognizable world brands. She is also a 1986 alumni of Indiana University where Jones earned her Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Marketing. She currently serves on the Dean’s Council in the university’s Kelley School of Business.
When she’s not working, she loves to ride at her farm, Flyaway Acres, in Northern Kentucky. As Jones shared, “Dressage is my oxygen. I need it to live. To be on a horse and to continue to master being the best you can be and riding in harmony – there’s nothing better than that.”
Dr. Cesar Parra and the entire team from Piaffe Performance are proud to award Susan Jones the Adult Amateur Achievement Award. She demonstrates the love for dressage and dedication to excellence in the sport that Piaffe Performance aims to promote.
There are still more awards to come as Piaffe Performance continues presenting the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award throughout the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. They also continue to sponsor the International Rider Lounge and the Hospitality Tent by the National Arenas, providing drinks and snacks for all levels of riders to enjoy before or after their tests.